Overall, I hope this is the beginning of a dialog on best way to answer questions in speech perception. There certainly are mistakes in this essay, as well as a few controversies. Please contact me with any corrections or comments you have. This essay is very much in debt to my lucky experiences as a researcher--especially to Dan Silverman as the first person to expose me to the role of experimental research in phonology. Thanks, of course, also go to my primary advisers, Mary Beckman and Keith Johnson at Ohio State. They have taught me much (well, the most) about science and the nature of experiments. I was very lucky to be in a position to get their advice and be in the presence of their expertise--much of the knowledge on experimentation and analysis I have gained was found in their amazing labs. Similarly, I am very much in debt my fellow graduate students at OSU who simultaneously grounded me and provided a sounding board for more extreme ideas. Of their number, I must especially mention Mike Armstrong, Robin Dautricort, Robi
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